'The Expendables 2' Gets 'R' Rating, New International Banner

Will it be two-and-out for Sylvester Stallone's love-letter-old-school-action franchise "The Expendables?"

Who knows? And who cares? As one always should with these two movies' ilk, let's just enjoy the ride while it lasts. It's a little laughable that "The Expendables 2" didn't receive an official rating until three weeks out from hitting theaters on Aug. 17, but it's received an absolutely unsurprising R-rating.  Equally unsurprisingly, it received its "R" for strong violence, language and brief sexuality.

Huh. All that in a movie starring (among others) Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Jason Statham, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Jet Li, Chuck Norris, Chris Hemsworth, Dolph Lundgren, Jean-Claude Van Damme and the gorgeous/ageless Charisma Carpenter?

The Hell, you say.

Here's a fairly lengthy synopsis from ComingSoon.net.  But really, does anyone need know much more than "stuff goes 'BOOM'?"

In the film, Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone), Lee Christmas (Jason Statham), Yin Yang (Jet Li), Gunnar Jensen (Dolph Lundgren), Toll Road (Randy Couture) and Hale Caesar (Terry Crews) -- with newest members Billy the Kid (Liam Hemsworth) and Maggie (Yu Nan) aboard -- are reunited when Mr. Church (Bruce Willis) enlists the Expendables to take on a seemingly simple job. The task looks like an easy paycheck for Barney and his band of old-school mercenaries. But when things go wrong and one of their own is viciously killed, the Expendables are compelled to seek revenge in hostile territory where the odds are stacked against them. Hell-bent on payback, the crew cuts a swath of destruction through opposing forces, wreaking havoc and shutting down an unexpected threat in the nick of time - six pounds of weapons-grade plutonium; enough to change the balance of power in the world. But that's nothing compared to the justice they serve against the villainous adversary who savagely murdered their brother.

Watch The Expendables 2 trailer below: